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South Africa

Mbalula extends period of drivers’ licence cards, learners licences

Today at 14:45 PM, via SABC News

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has extended the period for renewal of drivers licence cards, learners licences, temporary driving licence cards, licence disks, and professional driving permits that expired between the period from 26 March 2020 to 31 December 2020.

South Africa

Teams dispatched following Engen Refinery fire

Today at 14:06 PM, via SAnews

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government has dispatched disaster management and emergency teams to the Engen Refinery in Merebank, south of Durban after a fire broke out at the facility on Friday morning.

Africa

Ghana heads for two-horse presidential vote

Today at 16:02 PM, via News24

Ghanaians will go to the polls on Monday in a heated contest that will revive old rivalries between incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo and his predecessor John Mahama.

Africa

Ghana: Five things to know

Today at 08:37 AM, via The Citizen

Seen as a beacon of hope and stability in a turbulent region, Ghana is a major producer and exporter of gold, cocoa and oil.

Politics

Cosatu members stage a sit-in at Union Buildings

Today at 13:10 PM, via SABC News

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) members led by General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali and First Deputy President Mike Shingange are staging a sit-in at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Education

South Africa: Students Threaten to Close Nelson Mandela University

Today at 15:08 PM, via AllAfrica

[GroundUp] About 120 students from Nelson Mandela University gathered at the entrance to the university’s Financial Aid offices at its North Campus on Thursday. The students say they are among 1,420 who did not get their National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowances. They claim they were last paid at the end of October.

Lifestyle

Netflix hit ‘The Crown’ blasted for anti-Charles bias

Today at 13:40 PM, via Eyewitness News

The series about the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II has turned its focus in recent episodes to the doomed marriage between Charles and his first wife, the late Princess Diana.

Science/Tech

‘Birthplace of vaccination’ museum in UK at risk after Covid closure

Today at 15:04 PM, via The Guardian

Former Gloucestershire home of ‘father of immunology’ Edward Jenner too small for safe social distancing measures

The future of a museum that tells the astonishing story of the British “father of immunology” is hanging in the balance because it has been forced to close throughout the Covid crisis and faces uncertainty over how it will operate in the post-pandemic world.

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Science/Tech

Light-Based Quantum Computer Exceeds Fastest Classical Supercomputers

Today at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: For the first time, a quantum computer made from photons — particles of light — has outperformed even the fastest classical supercomputers. Physicists led by Chao-Yang Lu and Jian-Wei Pan of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Shanghai performed a technique called Gaussian boson sampling with their quantum...

Nature

Feel the Summer Breeze with CapeNature!

Today at 10:36 AM, via CapeNature

Come and explore the vast open spaces across the Western Cape with your friends and family at record low prices. Despite the inflation rate increases and the current recession in South Africa, CapeNature wants to see more and more locals explore and experience the rich natural heritage exclusive to the province. We are all in […]